Thanks to Roy Young of Apache, Oklahoma we have an excellent copy of Fly's 1881 photo panorama of Tombstone.
C.S. Fly's Panorama of Tombstone, 1881
Back in 1993, when I was doing my first Doc Holliday book (we are now in the third, revised edition), we had a version of this photo which we used to some effect, but as you can see, below, the sign is not visible in the blow-up:
This morning I had Rebecca Edwards blow up the Roy Young version of this same photo and this is what you can see:
A Blow-up of the Roy Young photo
One other amazing tidbit is that one of the few surviving buildings in this entire photograph is Pete Spence's house, which was across the street (east) from Virgil's house.
Pete Spence house, 1881
And, here is the same house today.
Steve Todd photo
All this coverage will be in our January issue of True West which goes to press this week and will hit subscriber's mailboxes in about three weeks.
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